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Teaching Staff
 
Head of Music: Miss K. Sidwell
 

KS3 Music


Course Overview


KS3 Music is taught for 2 hours over the 2 week timetable in Year’s 7 and 8.  During this time all pupils follow the National Curriculum to improve their performing, listening, composing and appraising skills.  They do this through studying and listening to a variety of styles of music; learning to compose in these different styles, learning to play instruments appropriate to these styles and then appraising their work.  To help the students’ progress further in Music there are also a variety of extra-curricular music activities and groups they can take part in during form time, lunchtimes and after school and instrumental and vocal lessons are available in school through Kirklees Music School. 

 

Year 7

Term

Units of Study

Key Skills

Autumn

Introduction to Music
Samba
Catholic Music

  • Performance
  • Theory
  • Instrumental skills
  • Listening and Appraising

Spring

Beethoven and the Orchestra
Graphic Scores and Composing Music

  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Listening and Appraising
  • Instrumental skills

Summer

Songwriting and Cover Versions

Gamelan

  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Listening and Apprasing 
  • Instrumental Skills
  • Music Technology

 

Year 8

Term

Units of Study

Key Skills

Autumn

The Blues
Waltz

  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Listening and Appraising
  • Instrumental skills
  • Music Technology

Spring

Musicals
Film Music

  • Composition
  • Listening and Analysis
  • Music Technology

Summer

Popular Music 1950’s to present day.

  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Listening and Analysis
  • Instrumental skills
  • Music Technology

 

Enrichment Opportunities:

Keyboard Clubs, African Drumming, Singing Groups, Gospel Choir, Music Technology Club, Rock Band practice, Woodwind and Brass Group, Steel Pan Group, String Group and the annual School Production.

 
KS4 Music
 
GCSE Music is about making and listening to music. It covers performing, composing and listening in a wide variety of musical styles - popular music, world music, and classical music. There are opportunities to use music technology such as sequencing and recording.
 
Students will enjoy this course if they want to study a subject that:
 
  • Involves performing
  • Involves listening to all kinds of music
  • Involves composing or arranging music
  • Gives an opportunity to play music with others in, eg rock groups, bands, orchestras or local choirs
  • Gives an opportunity to learn more about and use music technology
                       
Course Details
 
Area of Study 1: Repetition and contrast in Western Classical Music
1600-1899
 
  • Ground bass and variations
  • Ternary form
  • Rondo
Area of Study 2: New directions in Western Classical Music 1900 to the present day
 
  • Expressionism and serialism
  • Minimalism
  • Experimental music, eg aleatoric music, performance art, the use of graphic notation
  • Electronic music
 
Area of Study 3: Popular song in context
 
  • Dance music 1985 to present day
  • Brit pop and its influences
  • Songs from musicals
 
Area of Study 4: Rhythms, scales and modes in music from around the world
 
  • Indian raga
  • African music
  • music which draws together at least two different cultures, eg bhangra, folk rock
  • fusions
  
What can I do with a Music qualification?
 
All three aspects of musical knowledge (performing, composing and listening) are related to each other through the Areas of Study.
 
GCSE Music is a good preparation for further musical study and a solid foundation for the AS/A levels in Music and Music Technology as well as BTEC National Diplomas (in Music, Popular Music and Music Technology) and the new Vocational A level in Performing Arts. Students may wish to take a GCSE in Music for its own sake, perhaps to form the basis of a future interest. Alternatively, students may wish to go into a job where it is useful to have had experience of music or where they will need to use some of the skills developed during this course. These might include careers in the music industry, publishing, entertainment and teaching, or any job which involves communication and expressive skills.